Despite Max Verstappen’s dominance, Lewis Hamilton receives an unusual boost in the Austrian Grand Prix.
Last weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix saw Verstappen win convincingly for Red Bull, but Formula One authorities have made a significant adjustment for this weekend’s event.
Under-pressure Lewis Hamilton has received an unexpected boost ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend. Last weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix, which was also hosted at the Red Bull Ring, saw the Mercedes driver finish a distant second to Max Verstappen.
Hamilton battled to keep up with Verstappen in what turned out to be a comfortable victory for the Dutchman, as he steadily fell behind the leader.
Because he was so far behind Verstappen, the defending world champion’s team chose to pit him to attempt a fastest lap.
While Hamilton was able to gain that point, he currently behind Verstappen by 18 points in the world championship standings.
Since Nico Rosberg beat Hamilton to the 2016 title, the Red Bull driver has posed the most serious challenge to Hamilton’s dominance in the sport.
With the Red Bull team clearly edging ahead of the Silver Arrows, Hamilton has been calling for upgrades to his team’s car.
The modifications are apparently on their way, but will not be ready in time for the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.
Mercedes must quickly resurrect their title challenge after failing to win four races in a row for the first time in the hybrid era.
Despite the fact that the season is only in its ninth round of a 23-race championship, Hamilton will be hoping for at least a slight improvement on Sunday.
The Styrian Grand Prix and the Austrian Grand Prix will be held on the same track for the first time this season, with the Red Bull Ring hosting both.
Last season, back-to-back races were held on multiple occasions, with the Bahrain International Circuit being the only one to try to liven things up by modifying the track configuration.
Formula One administrators have tweaked several features of this weekend’s race, maybe in response to how different the action was at prior events.
The tyre compounds used by the teams on Sunday will be the primary difference between the two races.
Last week, the soft, medium, and hard tyres were the C4, C3, and C2, respectively, with a one-stop race being the optimal strategy.
But that will change this weekend. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”